Jeffrey A. Bronstein, a resident of Bothell, has been named executive director of Jeremiah Center, a community-based nonprofit in Edmonds.
The Jeremiah Center, which serves teenagers in south Snohomish and north King County, is on the southeast corner of Five Corners at 8330 212th Ave. SW. Founded in 2005, the center has served more than 3,500 teenagers and young people through its counseling services and activities, which includes live music at its afterschool drop-in center and club called Kazba.
“We are ready to grow and were looking for a leader to further develop community-based initiatives and partnerships in order to increase our level of reach,” said board chairman Paul Davis. “Jeff was selected because the combination of his experience and people skills seemed perfect to meet the challenge.”
Prior to joining Jeremiah Center, Bronstein served as an executive director for the Rio Rancho Public Schools, the third-largest school district in New Mexico. He also served as a vice president with New York Presbyterian Hospital and has many years of experience working with boards and no profit community-based organizations and groups. He has a master’s of public administration from New York University and a degree in psychology from Michigan State University.
“I am excited to be part of this great organization,” Bronstein said. “It is so important to keep our youth engaged and involved in positive activities in a welcoming and safe environment. We also need to recognize that there are many challenges out in the real world that are sometimes difficult for our youth to cope with. Jeremiah Center provides the lowest cost counseling services in our region, which makes it affordable and accessible to all who need it. It is my goal to enhance our services, grow capacity and continue to reduce barriers to accessing our high quality programs.”
Contrary to some local perception and its biblical name, the Jeremiah Center is not a religious organization, says Bronstein. In addition, the building used to be the site of a church and, outside of the Jeremiah Center, it is used by other community organizations and groups, including the WAY Student Ministries, a part of Lynnwood-based Trinity Lutheran Church.
"While some believe Jeremiah Center to be a religious organization, it is actually a community-based nonprofit serving all local youth ages 13 to 21," Bronstein said. "We are very grateful for the generous support from our community churches and congregations, local businesses and private donors. All youth are welcome to participate in the center's programs and counseling services, and support is welcome from all who recognize that we need to continue to provide these vital services and programs to keep our local youth engaged, healthy and productive members of our community."
Bronstein begins his role on Oct. 3.